Built heritage - architecture, both monumental and vernacular - forms an important part of our cultural landscape. As such, it is important to manage and preserve our buildings. During the latter half of the 20th century rapid economic development resulted in the destruction of many traditional buildings and local communities. Consequently, urban planning and regeneration are important issues in the the protection of our architectural heritage.
The Department of Cultural Heritage Conservation focusses on identifying key local vernacular architecture and its subsequent documentation. Although its main interests lie in in local architecture the Department also has had projects in central Taiwan and on Penghu Island. The Department has projects in collaboration with UNESCO in Lebanon.
The Departments expertise is especially focussed on structural analysis and modelling of standing monuments, and earthquake resistance in traditional buildings.